The Enigma of Arrival

The Enigma of Arrival

by V. S. Naipaul
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The Enigma of Arrival by V. S. Naipaul

The autobiographical novel of a journey from the British colony of Trinidad to the ancient countryside of England.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394757605
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/1988
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 388,340
Product dimensions: 5.18(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He has published more than 20 books of fiction and nonfiction, including A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River, The Enigma of Arrival and An Area of Darkness. He lives in Wiltshire, England. He was knighted in 1990 and received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001.


Wiltshire, England

Date of Birth:

August 17, 1932

Place of Birth:

Chaguanas, Trinidad


Queen's Royal College, Trinidad, 1943-48; B.A., University College, Oxford, 1953

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Enigma of Arrival 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Jeanne-Marie More than 1 year ago
Enigma is a novel that requires time, attention, and multiple readings to be fully appreciated, but the effort is well worth the reward. In this complicated metafiction Naipaul only hints at the identity of the narrator, making the experiences and emotions less personal and more universal. The recurring references to literature and the writing process transform the ideas of change, death, sight, family, and identity into relatable and tangible concepts. This is not light reading, but it is enlightening reading.
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